The Application Process

The first step in getting services from DADS is completing an application.

  • You may be asked questions about you and your family, the money you have and get, and the bills you pay.
  • You may be asked for proof that you need services, such as a doctor's statement.
  • You may have to prove where you were born and that you live in Texas.

Your Texas Benefits

If you want to find out which services you might be eligible for, visit the Your Texas Benefits website and click on the "Should I apply" link.

This website determines which health and human services programs you might qualify for. You can apply for services from that site or you can contact your local DADS office, area agency on aging, local authority, or aging and disability resource center. Click here to find the number.

Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Option

The CDS option lets people direct some of their own services. You may be able to use CDS if you live in your own home or with your family. If you choose CDS, you will be able to:

  • Recruit your own service providers.
  • Hire, train, manage and fire your own service providers.
  • Conduct criminal history checks on the people you hire.

Visit the CDS website to learn more.

Estate Recovery

If you are 55 or older and applied for certain long-term care services on or after March 1, 2005, you may be subject to estate recovery. This means that the state might file a claim against your estate when you die to recover some of the costs the state spent on your care. There are some exceptions to this rule. Visit the MERP website to learn more.

Interest List

Even if you are eligible, you may not be able to get some services right away. In some cases, more people want services than the state has money to pay for. Your name would be placed on a interest list until there is an opening in the program you want services from. Visit the interest list website to learn more.

Reporting Problems

People who get DADS services have the right to be treated with respect and dignity. If you see an older person or a person with a medical or physical disability being abused, neglected or exploited, call 1-800-458-9858.

Your Rights

You can learn about your rights as a person who receives DADS services from these publications: